Archive for August 17th, 2020

Convention Week

Commentary is looking forward to watching the Democratic National Convention this week.  I am interested to see how it is framed and what message we are sending to voters.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris’ speeches are the most anticipated.  We will see if there are any breakout speeches from the others.

Stace has a take on the lack of Latinos speaking at this week’s virtual gathering here: https://doscentavos.net/2020/08/17/the-noticeable-lack-of-latinos-at-the-dem-convention/.

Commentary saw some tweets from Texas Democrats griping about the lack of Texans speaking.

I put out my take on the speakers list last week. In case you missed it, here it is again:

Commentary is not going to get worked up on who does and doesn’t speak at the Democratic National Convention next week.  If they want to let GOP former governor John Kasich speak and Mike Bloomberg speak and they bring some of their friends over to vote for Joe Biden, have at it.  Once Joe Biden starts speaking Thursday evening, we will have forgotten who spoke before him.

Here is tonight’s line-up:  Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Rep. Jim Clyburn, Convention Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, Rep. Gwen Moore, former Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Doug Jones, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar.

Each evening will have an emcee and here they are: Eva Longoria, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kerry Washington and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

Commentary is going to watch as much as I can.

The Post Office sent the Texas Secretary of State a letter on mail ballots and deadlines.  They said to play it safe, voters should mail in their ballots by Wednesday, October 28.  Election Day is November 3.

In Texas, the last day the County Clerk or Elections Administrator can receive a mail ballot application is Friday, October 23.  Think about the turnaround if an application arrives on deadline day.

This Donald Trump and GOP corrupt post office move will backfire.  It will energize our base.  Plus, we are better organized on a mail ballot campaign.

These are quotes I pulled from the Statesman from GOPers on the City of Austin cuts to their Police Department budget:

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: “Outrageous.  Only a Democrat would defund the police and raise taxes during a pandemic and an economic slow down. Outta (sic) be a law against it — watch this space.”

State Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee, wrote on Twitter: “I will vigorously oppose these short-sighted efforts to harm law enforcement and make our communities less safe — and will take action to ensure our next budget addresses this issue.”

State Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, a moderate Republican, wrote on Twitter: “Politics and pandemics seem to embolden idiotic actions by a lot of politicians,” about the council decision.”

Land Commissioner George P. Bush: “This is reckless. It puts the lives of Texans at risk. We must stop these dangerous political games and stand with our men and women on the front lines.”

I am waiting on their quotes on gutting the Post Office.  Bozos.

The Astros are playing better.  We had a walk-off win yesterday. The Rockies are in town for a couple.

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